‘Survivor’ Contestants Apologize For Poor Behavior During #MeToo Episode
The fallout from the November 13 episode of Survivor: Island of the Idols is still in full effect, and some of the cast members involved are speaking out on social media.
What’s now being dubbed as the “#MeToo Episode,” the controversial two-hour long episode saw a female competitor getting upset over the way a male competitor repeatedly touched her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. Kellee Kim broke down while speaking with production about Dan Spilo, and the entire cast was spoken to behind the scenes about the behavior, according to host Jeff Probst.
Fellow contestant Missy Byrd claimed she also was not OK with Dan’s touching, and Elizabeth Beisel shared that she felt the same way. The two women ended up using the situation between Dan and Kellee to advance their gameplay, which disgusted fans across Twitter.
According to Us Weekly, the two women have since apologized after the episode aired.
“After watching the episode, my eyes were opened to a completely different truth, and I received an abundance of information that I was entirely unaware of while playing the game,” Elizabeth tweeted the day after the episode. “I had no idea the severity of the situation. As a player, I am limited to my own experiences and knowing what I know now, my decisions would have been very different.”
Elizabeth personally apologized to Kellee in her lengthy tweet, expressing that she had no idea her former co-star was as hurt as she was by Dan’s actions. Elizabeth also apologized to Janet Carbin, whom she took advantage of and blindsided at Tribal Council. Janet listened to the stories about Dan from the other women in the tribe, voting to send him home to make the other women feel safe.
Missy also reached out on social media in a lengthy post.
“I became so caught up in game play that I did not realize a very serious situation, nor did I handle it with the care that it deserved,” Missy wrote. “Due to the nature of Survivor, I was viewing the game through a small lens and with a limited scope. I did not have all the information on the subject and I made a game move that was unjust. … This is a life changing learning moment for me.”
Lauren Ashley also spoke out about the situation. While most of the criticism from Twitter users was directed at Missy and Elizabeth, some fans also called out Lauren for defending Dan and not taking Kellee’s side.
Aaron Meredith took to Instagram to share his feelings about the matter, posting a video where he got very upset about how he behaved at Tribal Council. Aaron was attacked on Twitter for “mansplaining” the Dan and Kellee story at Tribal, with many viewers criticizing him for not sticking up for the women. The two-time immunity idol winner said he had no excuses for his behavior, saying that he was “out of line.”
Survivor: Island of the Idols airs every Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.